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Reunited rockers' headliner is Christmas gift for their fans
Following their barnstorming show with Whitesnake and Journey at Birmingham's LG Arena Thunder have announced two Christmas gigs at Wolverhampton Civic Hall. The band will perform at the Civic on December 20 and 21, with the second date added after the first one sold out in just two days.
Christmas in Wolverhampton: Thunder (pic: Marty Moffat)
Wolverhampton is a favourite with band members – they chose the Wulfrun Hall, next door to the Civic, as one of the venues to record their 1997 album and DVD, Live
. Thunder, whose line-up is singer Danny Bowes, guitarists Luke Morley and Ben Matthews, bassist Chris Childs and drummer Gary 'Harry' James, opened for Whitesnake and Journey on their UK tour then played at the Download Festival at Donington Park. For the rest of the summer they are appearing at festivals throughout Europe.
Live at the LG Arena: Thunder guitarists Luke Morley and Ben Matthews (pic: Sakura Henderson)
Formed in 1989 from the ashes of pop-rockers Terraplane, Thunder are the band that won't go away, having split and reunited twice. Debut album, Backstreet Symphony, produced by Duran Duran's Andy Taylor, introduced the world to their bluesy rock and spawned two hit singles, the title track and Love Walked In
. Follow-up album, Laughing On Judgement Day, fared even better, reaching number two in the UK charts and boasting four hit singles.
Three years later Behind Closed Doors reached number five but Thunder left EMI to release their fourth studio album, The Thrill Of It All, on the independent B Lucky label. After album number five, Giving The Game Away, in 1999 they announced they were to go their separate ways.
The split lasted just a couple of years - they reunited for a Monsters of Rock arena tour in 2002 and released a new album, Shooting at the Sun, 12 months later. That was followed by The Magnificent Seventh album in 2005 and a return to live shows, including a slot at the Monsters of Rock festival at Milton Keynes in 2006.
Another two albums were released, Robert Johnson's Tombstone and Bang!, but the band announced they were to split again in 2009. Individual projects were pursued but the two year itch struck once more and Thunder were back together in 2011 for the High Voltage festival. Christmas shows in Nottingham and Manchester maintained the momentum, with 2013 seeing the band tour with Whitesnake and Journey, perform at Download and play festivals in Europe.